School leavers interested in a career in the apple and pear industry can take advantage of a $10,000 scholarship if they want to spend a year working in the industry and will be ready to study in 2017.
APAL and Horticulture Innovation Australia are again partnering with Marcus Oldham College to offer two students the opportunity to each receive $10,000 from the New Horizons Scholarship. Successful applicants will commence studying a Diploma of Agribusiness at Marcus Oldham in 2017 after working for at least 12 months in the apple and pear industry.
APAL Industry Services Manager Annie Farrow said school leavers considering taking a gap year from study should look at the range of opportunities horticulture offers.
“This years’ school leavers are in an ideal position to take a break from their studies, gain some experience through working in the industry – be it in the orchard, packing shed, nursery or cool store – and commence studies at Marcus Oldham the following year,” says Annie.
“Most Australian school leavers will have received their Year 12 academic results and are contemplating their future. Terrific opportunities lie ahead for those working in the industry and I’m hoping a number of students will accept offers to study agribusiness, agronomy or a science-related field with the view to establishing a career within horticulture.
“The Agribusiness course at Marcus Oldham is so popular that we were unable to offer a scholarship placement for this coming year because it filled up so quickly. So two scholars, hopefully one each from the apple and pear industries, will have an opportunity to study at this prestigious, independent college in 2017.”
Marcus Oldham’s one-year Diploma of Agribusiness is based on case study learning with a focus on the practical application of business management knowledge. Students will graduate with skills in farm business administration and business planning; an ability to produce and understand farm financial reports; and a strong understanding of information technology and its uses in agriculture.
The industry’s future relies heavily on the development of talent within apple and pear enterprises and it’s up to business owners to invest in and strengthen the agronomy, leadership and management capabilities of employees, including family members..
“Business leaders in tomorrow’s apple and pear orchards and packing facilities will need to be well equipped with strong business management know-how. They will need to be across alternate business management structures, agricultural production and sustainable resource systems, human resource management, marketing, information management, finance, tax, law and information technology,” says Annie.
“The apple and pear industry will continue to face many challenges such as the need to reignite an export culture; high costs of production; phytosanitary market access restrictions; exchange rate fluctuations; increased competition from New Zealand, South Africa and Chile; a contraction of government resources; and diminishing access to chemical solutions. Good agricultural business skills will be fundamental to turning these challenges into opportunities.”
For more information read the Apple & Pear New Horizons Scholarship brochure, visit the Marcus Oldham website or contact Annie on 03 9329 3511, 0408 526 786 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications close Thursday, 30 June 2016.